12in Super AMOLED (2160x1440, 216ppi); Windows 10; sixth gen Intel Core M Dual Core 2.2GHz processor; 4GB RAM; 128GB SSD; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO; Wi-Fi Direct; NFC; Bluetooth 4.1; 5Mp rear camera; 5Mp front camera; LTE Cat 6 (optional); GPS; GLONASS; Type-C USB 3.1 5200mAh battery; keyboard (290.3x198.8x4.9mm) 290.3x198.8x6.3mm; 696g We live with an abundance of technology. From the computers on our desks and on our coffee tables to the phones we are glued to throughout the waking day, there are just so many devices clamouring for our attention. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one of them and a bad name for what is actually a great Windows tablet – it’s the Korean firm’s Surface Pro 4 rival.
The first and most obvious barrier for many of us when it comes to buying a well-specified machine such as the TabPro S is the price. It costs £849, which is a lot for something that doesn’t act fully as a laptop or fully as a tablet.
The upside, in comparison to rivals such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro, is that the price includes the keyboard cover attachment. The least you can spend on a Surface Pro 4 with the keyboard cover is £858, while the cheapest iPad Pro with a keyboard costs £628. Remember, though, that the iPad runs iOS, a mobile operating system whereas the Microsoft and Samsung both ship with the full desktop version of Windows 10.
There’s no denying that £849 gets you a stunning piece of hardware. The TabPro S is acceptably thin and light for a 12in tablet, measuring 290.3x198.8x6.3mm without the keyboard attached, and it gives away its laptop aspirations by the logos and camera favouring landscape use. This is somewhat hard to get used to if you’ve done all your tablet use on an iPad, say, which are all first and foremost portrait orientated devices.
Using the TabPro in portrait feels slightly odd, the screen is slightly too stretched and it feels a bit too monolithic. The bottom edge of the device has magnetic connections and contacts to attach it to the keyboard. When attached, the TabPro becomes much more usable. We’ve barely used it like a traditional tablet.
The sturdy tablet clicks satisfyingly into the keyboard, but it’s a bit disappointing that the magnetic flap that holds the device in two typing positions is less than reliable. We found on several occasions that gently tapping the screen to select or scroll sent the whole thing crashing down in a heap
of metal and lost connections. This is a flaw for a device that wants to be a laptop – you won’t want to use it on your lap unless you fancy going insane with frustration.
That’s a shame,because when you plonk it on a desk and get typing, the TabPro’s keyboard is excellent. The keys have no spaces between them in order to fit a full Windows keyboard and surprisingly good trackpad. The TabPro S has a small but good quality trackpad, with mechanical left and right click buttons within the pad itself, and we found navigating Windows 10 with it a breeze.
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The upside, in comparison to rivals such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro, is that the price includes the keyboard cover attachment